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Montessori Fun Preschool Program

9800 Veronica Dr
Windsor, CA 95492

Phone:
(707) 838-4632

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

In Montessori Education a child is given to opportunity to discover and learn through an assortment of activities and beautiful materials. Responsibility is taught through a balance of independence and choices, and courtesy, respect for each other, for the environment and for the teachers, and manners are integral to the curriculum

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • montessori curriculum
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • montessori curriculum
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • montessori curriculum
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • professional music teacher once a week
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • craft projects
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Spanish, teacher is bilingual english spanish and we teach songs and basic vocabulary and concepts in spanish

From the Director:

A balance between children choosing and teacher guiding those choices and teacher led instruction

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Montessori curriculum lends itself to a lot of individualized teaching as the children chose work for themselves and this also enables the teachers to work individually or in small groups with the children

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We have a small group and a beautiful home preschool. We have only 12 children and two trained teachers, and lots of experience and references. The children are always learning either through real life experiences such as setting the table for lunch, sweeping the floor, waiting for a turn and learning to sit and participate in circle time, or with the montessori curricular materials, and they love their school.

A Typical Day

The children arrive at 8:30 and after morning circle they choose individual learning activities off the shelves which they put back after use. The children also work in small groups with or without a teacher. We help with toilet lerning but the child doesnt not have to be toilet trained to enroll. The children haver a healthy organic snack, another circle time with a learning game or movement activity before they go outside to the well equipped play yard. Two children set the table for the others and ring the bells for lunch that is also provided in the cost. Some children go home after lunch at 12:30 and others stay for more play and learning especially Kindergarten small group instruction and the school is closed at 3:30

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

WE have newsletters, and conferences twice a year and will always make ourselves available to address a parent concern or question

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We firstly have the child visit with the child to become familiar with the school and meet the teachers and children. Then we suggest to set up a routine for the child to be able to count on, for instance a kiss and hug and good bye routine. The teacher comforts and reassures the child as necessary when the parents leave. When the parent feels good about the separation, the child usually picks up on his cues and within a couple weeks even the most difficult separation experiences are much improved. The children here often dont want to leave, which is another story :)